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Montessori at Roseborough staff are trained professionals, certified by the Association Montessori Internationale. It is their responsibility to understand the developmental level of each of their students at all times, and to guide each child in the selection and use of appropriate materials and activities. They must have the ability to tap into their students’ natural curiosity, encouraging them to become self-motivated, independent, joyful learners. The Board of Directors and the administration support an extensive program of professional development.

  • Merry Hadden


    Merry is a graduate of the 1977 AMI Training Course in Calcutta, India for work with ages 2-7 and the first AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Training Course in Rome, Italy, 1981. She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor, certified Birth Instructor in the R.A.T. technique, and holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business. Merry was the founder of the Montessori N.E.S.T. in Leesburg, Florida from 1983-1994. She moved the N.E.S.T. to Mount Dora in 1994 and expanded the school to include the Children’s House, Elementary and Middle School. She is an AMI Consultant and AMI 0-3 Auxiliary Trainer. In August 2009 Merry combined her passion for “green living” with green “schooling” and moved the school to its current location.


  • Kia Larkin

    Head of School/N.E.S.T Directress

    Kia Larkin has recently stepped into the role as Head of School at Montessori at Roseborough. Kia is an Alumni from our school. Kia received her AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma from the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from the University of South Florida.


  • Mia Crabill


    A native of Sweden, Mia came to the U.S. in 1994. Mia was a Montessori child herself. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from American Intercontinental University, Los Angeles, California. She uses her graphics background producing the schools print materials. She also completed a course focusing on business development. Mia joined Montessori at Roseborough in 2006.

    Contact Mia for administrative issues, or questions regarding billing and admissions.


  • Michael Hadden

    Facilities Manager

    Michael is a “jack of all trades”. As a world traveler he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the school. He was Project Manager and oversaw the renovations of our new “green” facility. He is involved in ecology, and maintains the facility as a stewardship. Michael has been with the school since 2009.


  • Sommer Lewis

    N.E.S.T./IC Directress (Nurturing Environment Specialized for Toddlers)

    Sommer is a graduate of the AMI Assistants to Infancy training course at the Montessori Institute, Denver. She is a mother of three. She has an AA in Ministry from Global University in Springfield , MS.  Sommer joined Montessori at Roseborough in 2009. She is currently studying to get her BA in Human Development and Family Studies.


  • Jordan Nolette

    N.E.S.T Assistant

    Assisting Ms. Sommer, Jordan was a Montessori Child herself! She attended Montessori Primary through the fourth grade. Jordan is yoga certified and enjoys instructing part time. She also enjoys gardening, traveling, and outdoor activities.


  • Jessie Uvale

    N.E.S.T. Assistant

    Jessie received her AA from Flagler College. She was a student athlete and has worked with children of all ages coaching soccer. She is a yoga instructor and enjoys teaching yoga in her spare time.


  • Maria Paz Merino

    NIDO Caregiver

    Maria is from Spain and speaks Spanish with the children. She joined us in 2013. She has worked in both our Aftercare and Summer Camp Programs. She has a BA in Industrial Drafting from Atxuri Polytechnic in Spain.



  • Megan Buckley

    NIDO Caregiver

    Megan has a BS in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from UF. She started working in the NEST as an assistant in 2014. After returning from maternity leave she joined us in the NIDO. Her son attends the school.


  • Deirdre Jordan

    Primary Directress (ages 3-6 years) – Children’s House 1

    Deirdre holds a BS in Administration of Early Childhood Programs from Empire State in NY.  She received her AMI Primary training at Sion Hill Montessori College in Dublin, Ireland in 1982 and her Assistants to Infancy 0-3 diploma from the Montessori Institute, Denver, Colorado in 1999. She joined our team in 2012.


  • Erika Trejo

    Primary Assistant (ages 3-6 years) – Children’s House 1

    Erika was born in Mexico. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish to the children. She has assisted in our Summer Camps and enjoys being with the children. Erika is an avid reader. She came to us in 2010.


  • Mikkale (Mikie) Seabaugh-Alford

    Primary Directress (ages 3-6 years) – Children’s House 2

    Mikie earned a BS in Child Development from Southeast Missouri State University with a minor in Family Studies. She graduated with an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis in Kirkwood, MO. She joined our school in 1999.


  • Veronica Meza

    Primary Assistant (ages 3-6 years) – Children’s House 2

    Veronica is from Mexico and has been an assistant in Children’s House Two for seven years. She has two girls who attended the school and one in Primary. She speaks Spanish with the children. She enjoys reading and various sports in her free time.



  • Monica Reno

    Primary Directress (ages 3-6 years) – Children’s House 3

    Monica is a graduate of the 2008 AMI Primary Training Course at The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her B.S. in Communications at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico. Monica is a native Spanish speaker and speaks Spanish with the children. She joined our school in 2003.


  • Brenda Clevenger

    Brenda joined us this year and is assisting in Ms. Monica’s class. Brenda is a Registered Nurse specializing in pediatrics. Her daughter Jasmine currently attends our school.


  • Russ Stam

    Elementary Director in Training (ages 6-12 years)

    Russ has a BA in Psychology from University of Central Florida. He completed his AMI Adolescent Training (12-18) in 2014. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Architecture and Building Technology from Daytona State University. He enjoys small scale organic farming, gardening, and music.



  • Sarah Classon

    Adolescent Program Directress (ages 12-15 years)

    Sarah has a BA in Classical Studies from Rollins College and a MA in Liberal Studies from Rollins College. She completed the AMI Adolescent Training in Chihuahua, Mexico. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and four children in her free time.



  • Fawn Stam

    Co-Adolescent Program Directress (ages 12-15)

    Fawn received her Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with concentration in Evolutionary Biology. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Alaska. Fawn received her AMI Adolescent training in 2014. Fawn enjoys being in nature, hiking, music, and playing the guitar.



  • Audra Montgomery

    After Care

    Audra has a bachelors from UCF Nicholson School of Communication in Advertising/Public relations and a Bachelors in Theatre from UCF Conservatory Theatre.